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It’s all about local food for Miss SA hopeful Tshegofatso Molefe.

When Miss South Africa Top 30 competitor Tshegofatso Molefe was asked recently what she loved most about South Africa, her answer was “I love the food; we are a melting pot of different cultures and that includes amazing dishes, from bobotie to malamogodu.”

Indeed, the 26-year-old Free State born and raised Molefe, who currently resides in Maritzburg in KwaZulu Natal, admits that her favourite dish is pap and malamogodu.

Winner of Miss Pietermaritzburg 2014 and Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Free State 2019/2020, Molefe holds an LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has also completed one year of her Masters in Advanced Criminal Justice. She is currently waiting to be admitted as an attorney of the High Court.

We asked the legal eagle to share a couple of her favourite recipes and this is what she sent.

Ting, Malamogodu and Kale

A traditional Setswana dish that I grew up enjoying



Fermented ting mixture


White pepper


½ cup of full cream

1 tbs margarine

1kg malamogodu


Salt & pepper

2 tbsp mild Rajah curry powder


For the ting: pour 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to the boil.

Pour in the fermented ting mixture and stir until you reach the desired thickness.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

For the kale: Wash the kale and then chop it up before adding it to a pot of boiling water

Stir while cooking. After about 10 minutes add the cream and boil for a further 5-7 minutes

Season with salt and white pepper and the add the margarine.

Simmer for a further 5 minutes

For the malamogodu: Place the malamogodu in a large bowl with about 2 litres of water and soak for about an hour

Rinse thoroughly under cold, running water until clean.

Cut into bite-sized pieces and place in a large saucepan with about 2 litres of water.

Place lid on the pot and slowly bring it to a boil over a low heat.

Cook for 3-4 hours until tender. Drain and season with curry powder and salt according to desired taste.

Place a portion of each of the ting, malamogodu and kale onto a plate and serve

Pampoenpoffertjies with syrup

“A favorite dish my grandmother regularly prepared for nagereg”


750ml mashed pumpkin or butternut

2 eggs

5ml salt

500ml self-raising flour

15ml baking powder

500ml oil

½ cup of milk.


In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, salt and crushed pumpkin

Add the baking powder and flour and mix until well combined

Pour the oil in a pan and heat

Gently place a spoonful of the mixture into the warm oil.

Turn the poffertjie as it turns gold and take out when both sides are golden and drain on a paper towel

Continue until you have used up all the mixture

Serve with syrup and cinnamon.

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